The Falcon 9 rocket launched SpaceX’s 26th resupply mission to the International Space Station.After a launch attempt earlier in the week was scrubbed due to bad weather, SpaceX sent a Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station Saturday with nearly four tons of supplies and experiments.
Liftoff on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center occurred at 2:20 p.m.
The Falcon 9 rocket remained on the launch pad at Kennedy to await the next launch opportunity Saturday.With the successful launch Saturday, the Cargo Dragon spacecraft will dock with the Harmony module on the International Space Station at 7:30 a.m.
Astronauts on the space station will open hatches and begin unpacking cargo inside the pressurized compartment of the Dragon spacecraft.
The Dragon capsule, also brand new, deployed from the Falcon 9’s upper stage about 12 minutes after liftoff to begin the journey to the International Space Station.Stationed inside a firing room at a launch control center at Kennedy, SpaceX’s launch team began loading super-chilled, densified kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the 215-foot-tall (65-meter) Falcon 9 vehicle at T-minus 35 minutes.After docking of the new cargo capsule, astronauts at the space station will open hatches and unpack supplies, experiments and other equipment stowed inside the Dragon spacecraft’s pressurized compartment.The payloads on-board the Dragon capsule include two new ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays, or iROSA units, to upgrade the space station’s power system.
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